1. Key details 7 items
    1. Dr. Milija Gluhovic, School of Theatre, Performance, and Cultural Policy Studies

      University of Warwick                                                           

      Schedule: Tuesdays, 11:30-13:30 G56, Milburn House


      Office Hours: Mondays, 14.30-15.30, or by appointment

      Office: Room F04a, Milburn House 

    2. This inter-disciplinary course explores the ways in which theatre, performance and film intervene into debates about religion, secularity, and affect in the modern world. Even a cursory look at recent world events such as the storm over the sex abuse scandals within the Catholic Church, the ire over the Danish cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, the demolition of the Babri mosque in India by right-wing Hindu groups, the hijab (heardscarf) controversy in Europe, the protests within the Sikh community in Birmingham around Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's play Behzti (2004) exposes the fragility of claims of a secular public sphere. The increasing public contestations of the secular ideal mobilize passionate performances through claims and counter-claims that confirm the importance of religion in public life. Our increasingly globalized world has not rendered religion irrelevant but rather ever more powerful. How do we understand this seeming paradox? What do we mean by "secular"? How has the category of "secular" been historically constructed in opposition to religion? What role does religion play in the shaping of national identity? Why is our increasingly globalized world confronted with the concurrent rise in religious extremism? How are progressive sexual politics in Western democracies instrumentalised to discriminate against religious minorities? We will consider how a variety of artists and scholars tackle these questions.

    3. Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module students should be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary theatrical practice in the light of cultural, political, historical, and philosophical debates on religion and secularity in the modern world. Furthermore, students should come away from this seminar with a new set of conceptual models and analytic tools to make use of in thinking about this complex and rich body of art. Students will achieve these learning outcomes through close reading of primary and secondary material, seminar discussions based around prescribed texts and seminar papers on specific topics. In addition to film screening, performance recordings will be used to illustrate the theatrical dimensions of the plays. 

    4. Grading and Guidelines:

      Presentation: 10%

      Essay: 40%

      Written Exam, 1.5 hr: 50%

    5. Attendance and Participation

      Your active participation in class is vital. You are expected to have completed all of the required readings for the day and engage in classroom discussions with intelligence, imagination and honesty. 

    6. Presentations

      In your presentation, you are expected to summarize the argument of the article, make connections with the larger thematic questions of the course, and conclude by raising questions for discussion. If you choose a dramatic/literary text, performance, or film, you can present on one or more aspects of the material. Please hand in a brief outline of your presentation to me on the day of your presentation. 

    7. Final Research Paper

      Write a research paper (2000 words) on a topic of your choice. You are welcome to read outside the course and incorporate this material into your paper. Your paper will be graded on the coherence and organization of your essay, the persuasiveness of your argument, your ability to use evidence to support your claim, the clarity of your prose, and of course, the merit of your ideas and analysis. 

  2. Schedule 52 items
    Subject to change.
    1. Week 1: Introduction: Rethinking the Secular; the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo /Paris attacks 5 items
      4 Oct (Tues).
      1. Viewings 2 items
      2. Readings 2 items
        1. Pornography - Simon Stephens 2008

          Book essential

      3. Suggested reading 1 item
        1. French Cultural Studies August 2016

          Journal recommended Special issue: Charlie Hebdo.

    2. Week 2: Rethinking the Secular cont’d 9 items
      11 Oct. (Tuesday)
      1. Viewings 2 items
        1. Breivik's Statement - Rau Milo

          Audio-visual document essential TBC

        2. The Civil Wars - Rao Milo 2013

          Audio-visual document essential TBC Video link will be provided by the instructor

      2. Readings 4 items
        1. Die Europa trilogie: the civil wars, the dark ages, Empire - Milo Rau 2016

          Book essential Please read: Milo Rau, The Civil Wars (2013), the first part of his Europe Trilogy, in The Europe Trilogy (pdf of the script will be made available).

        2. The events - David Greig 2013

          Book essential

        3. Performing the secular: religion, representation, and politics 2017

          Book essential Please read: Milija Gluhovic and Jisha Menon, “Introduction,” . This book is forthcoming this year.

      3. Suggested reading 3 items
        1. A secular age - Charles Taylor 2007

          Book recommended Please read: Charles Taylor, “Introduction,” pp. 1-22.

        2. Performing religion in public 2013

          Book recommended Please read: Claire Chambers, and Simon du Toit, Joshua Edelman eds. “Introduction: the Public Problem of Religious Doings,”, pp. 1-24.

        3. Religion, theatre, and performance: acts of faith - Lance Gharavi 2012

          Book recommended Please read: Lance Gharavi, “Introduction”, pp. 1-23.

    3. Week 3: Frames of War - War on Terror 7 items
      18 Oct. (Tues)
      1. Viewing 1 item
        1. Redacted - Brian De Palma, Eric Schwab, Jennifer Weiss, Simone Urdl c2009 (videorecording)

          Audio-visual document essential Available in the Main library and on YouTube.

      2. Readings 3 items
        1. Grounded - George Brant 2013

          Book essential

        2. Frames of war: when is life grievable? - Judith Butler 2010

          Book essential Excerpts.

      3. Suggested reading 3 items
        1. A mighty heart: based on a true story - Andrew Eaton, Dede Gardner, Brad Pitt, John Orloff c2010 (videorecording)

          Audio-visual document recommended

        2. From Event to Extreme Reality: The Aesthetic of Shock - Josette Féral and Leslie Wickes 2011

          Article recommended

    4. Week 4: Theatre, Religion and the Public Sphere I 6 items
      25 Oct. (Mon)
      1. Viewings 2 items
        1. Idomeneo 2003/6

          Audio-visual document essential Mozart's Opera Idomeneo, dir, Hans Neuenfels, the Deutsche Oper, 2003/6 [screening of excerpts in class]

        2. On the Concepts of the face of christ - Romeo Castellucci

          Audio-visual document essential Screening of excerpt in Class - TBC

      2. Readings 2 items
      3. Suggested reading 2 items
        1. Regulating aversion: tolerance in the age of identity and empire - Wendy Brown c2006

          Book further reading Please read: Wendy Brown, “Tolerance as/in Civilizational Discourse,”, pp. 176-205.

    5. Week 5: Theatre, Religion and the Public Sphere II 4 items
      1 Nov. (Tue)
      1. Viewing 2 items
        1. The Mosco Trials - Milo Rau

          Audio-visual document essential Video link will be provided by the instructor

        2. Them - Arthur Zmijewski 2007

          Audio-visual document essential Performance Screening in Class

      2. Readings 2 items
    6. Week 6 1 item
      1. Reading week.

    7. Week 7: Performing Religion in Public: Staging Otherness 4 items
      15 Nov. (Tues)
      1. Viewings 2 items
        1. Radio Muezzin - Rimini Protokoll

          Audio-visual document essential Script to be provided by the instructor ; reading optional as we shall see the whole performance in class

        2. The Manganiyar Seduction - Roysten Abel 2006

          Audio-visual document essential Viewing a You Tube clip of the performance in class

      2. Reading 1 item
      3. Suggested reading 1 item
        1. Theatre and interculturalism - Richard Paul Knowles 2010

          Book recommended Please read: Ric Knowles, “Theatrical Interculturalism and Its Discontents,” “Theatre Has Always Been Intercultural,” “Brecht and the Materialists,” “Artaud and His Doubles,” and “The West and the Rest,”, pp. 1-30.

    8. Week 8: Responding to the Ryan Report: Irish Catholic Church Child Abuse 6 items
      1. Viewing 1 item
        1. The Blue Boy

          Audio-visual document essential Brokentalkers’ The Blue Boy [video recording of the performance will be provided].

      2. Readings 2 items
        1. Responding to the Ryan report - Tony Flannery

          Book essential Excerpts.

        2. Other readings: tbc. 

      3. Suggested reading 3 items
        1. The Blue Boy - Susan Conley 2011

          Webpage recommended

        2. The children they wished to forget - Christine Madden 2012

          Webpage recommended

    9. Week 9: Islam and Homosexuality 4 items
      29 Nov. (Tues)
      1. Viewing 2 items
        1. A jihad for love - Parvez Sharma, Sandi Simcha Dubowski, Sussan Deyhim, Richard Horowitz 2009 (videorecording)

          Audio-visual document essential

        2. Other viewings tbc. 

      2. Readings 2 items
        1. Islam and homosexuality - Samar Habib c2010

          Book essential Please read: Samar Habib, “Introduction: Islam and Homosexuality,”, pp. xvii-lxii.

    10. Week 10: Queer Publics, Politicised Homophobia and Religion 6 items
      6 Dec.
      1. Viewing 2 items
        1. Other viewings tbc. 

        2. Beyond the Pink Curtain - Matthew Charles 2009

          Audio-visual document essential Viewing of Excerpts in Class

      2. Reading 2 items
        1. Dispossession: the performative in the political - Judith Butler, Athena Athanasiou 2013

          Book essential Please read: Judith Butler and Athena Athanasiou, “Sexual Dispossessions,”, pp. 44-54.

      3. Suggested reading 2 items
        1. Bodily citations: religion and Judith Butler - Ellen T. Armour, Susan M. St. Ville c2006

          Book recommended Please read: Judith Butler, “Afterword”, pp. 287-291.

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